Upper & Lower New
2 Days in a Row White Water Rafting on West Virginia's New River
Exciting and Climactic!
So, you'd like to see more of the world-famous, world-class New River, but you're not so much into camping, eh? Well then, this is the trip for you. Spend two days on the river with a leisurely float on the first day through the scenic and historic Upper New River Gorge, where the rapids are long and wavy. Take a break from the river that night.
Then, spend the second day in the exciting and climactic Lower New River Gorge on the river section that started the West Virginia whitewater craze. Rapids like the class-V Keeneys and Double Z, plus monster class-IV wave trains of Miller's Folly and Fayette Station provide a booming climax to this action-packed 2-day thrill ride.
Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees, nor lodging and meals. For our getaway package that does include lodging and meals, check here. Prices vary by day of the week.
TRIP LENGTH2 Days
SEASON(S)Fall, Spring, Summer
What kind of river is the New?
The Upper New River is wide and shallow, with a mild gradients and long ripply rapids characterized by shoals and waves. The Lower New River is wild West Virginia whitewater rafting at its best, with pounding rapids and exciting, steep drops separated by calm pools to swim in and help you catch your breath. With a professional guide in every raft, instruction is provided at each major rapid. The New River is a high-volume river. The rapids are formed by the large shelf drops and boulders, which create monster waves, hydraulics and world class whitewater. There’s plenty of floating and swimming to do in between the rapids, along with stops at Jump Rock and a huge gourmet deli-style riverside lunch.
What does Class VI provide?
We provide transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle & boat) and professional guides in each raft. That's everything you need, except your private gear, medications, etc.
How much time do we spend on the water?
The total trip time both days is around 6-7 hours from the time you leave base camp until you return. Some of that is driving to and from the river, but most if it—around 5 hours—is on the water.
How big are the boats?
Our standard rafts are 15 feet long and can comfortably seat 8-9 guests and a guide. It's possible that we'll be in duckies on the Upper New, however. A duckie is a 1 or 2-person inflatable kayak.
What else might we need?
You should bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sun glasses and if the weather is a little nippy, a dry layer to put on after the trip. (Your guide will be able to put it into a dry bag.) If necessary, we also rent wetsuits and paddle jackets. Via our partnership with Whitewater Photography, we also sell photos of you in the rapids. Our video boaters also accompany most trips and we offer DVDs of your experience for an extra charge. To ensure you get a video, you can pre-order one with your reservation.